That makes sense, said John Banzhaf, executive director of Washington-based Action on Smoking and Health. PUP laws "serve to draw parents into the situation" and give children an additional reason to resist peer pressure.While I admire his bravery, I beg to differ.
"Treating cigarettes like we do alcohol would go a long way" toward discouraging teen smoking, Banzhaf said. And if you stop a teen from smoking, he said, the odds are overwhelming that he'll never be a smoker.
Why do the police and I have to be drawn "into the situation?" Isn't there enough of a power struggle regarding separation going on already in adolescence?
Not only do police have bigger fish to fry, the very people who like such a laws inforced on teens all-too-often will be the same people who pay their own teens' tobacco possesion fines for them.